ArtStart – Art with a heart

ArtStart was the brainchild of Sue Gentry and myself as a way for local artists to be able to sell and exhibit their art as well as bringing in donations for Home-Start Winchester, a local charity who makes a big impact on many of the families in the area.

Firstly, here’s a bit about Home-Start Winchester:

What is Home-Start?  Home-Start is a UK-wide charity with around 200 branches and the scheme in Winchester has been running since  2005. Home-Start supports families who are referred to them by GPs and social workers due to social isolation,  poor mental health, over-crowded housing, multiple births, bereavement, illness of a parent or child or because  life is simply a struggle. The charity usually supports these families with a trained home-visiting volunteer who  visits the family once a week for two hours or through family groups, until they are back on their own two feet,  usually six to 12 months. The charity supports families with one or more children under the age of five within a  12 mile radius of the city. It believes that the early years of a child’s life are vital in forming the adult that they  will become. Find out more at

The work this charity does is paramount to many parents in our area, so creating this initiative was equally so.

So what’s ArtStart Winchester?

ArtStart Winchester is an Etsy shop where local artists (including photographers, crafters, painters, sculptures etc) can exhibit and sell their products, with a donation automatically going to Home-Start Winchester, it officially launches at the beginning of November but you can already see a few of the items that will be available to sell with more coming soon.

The aim was to support the charity but also to support artists that normally make their money through exhibitions and shows that Covid-19 has unfortunately interrupted. While we do hope that these will be able to go ahead again in future, we needed an alternative to get through this difficult time and we truly feel we have found it. Support us by purchasing art for your home, or for Christmas presents from our Etsy store. Can’t to do that? Then help share the message, get it out to artists you know, whether they paint, draw, photograph, sculpt or craft, and send them our way.

Take a look and see what’s already on offer!

Just check out this beautiful mosaic from the talented Minnie Hughes Onslow:

Basket of Flowers by Minnie Hughes Onslow
House Tree by Michelle Quinton

Want to join in?

Contact details  – For all queries on artwork or prints of original artwork please contact Sue Gentry (sue.gentry @, for queries for photography or craft items please contact myself (mlquinton82 @

Published by Michelle Quinton

Mum, wife, perpetual student, freelance writer, weight loss coach, artist and occasionally model. I love to try new things, I love to write and I love studying and researching. Never thought I'd see the day that studying became something I enjoyed, but here we are. My blog is where I put my thoughts, I also plan to start a blog of short stories, with a new prompt for each story.

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